Vale Trails

Discover the 10 Vale Trails

Discover Wales' secret walking paradise. Truly get away from it all. Breathe in rolling, green vale, wonderful woodlands, captivating cliff-tops, and medieval villages...

Get that rare feeling of near-exclusivity, with off-the-beaten-track walks in a county that saves its best for the most discerning. The Vale of Glamorgan has walks from beginner grade to those for seasoned ramblers and hikers. It combines convenient location, with accessible, dog-friendly trails and beaches, and high quality accommodation and dining. There's definitely a trail in the Vale to suit everyone. from gentle countryside and village walks, enjoying charming pubs or tearooms, to exciting beaches and cliffs along the world-famous Glamorgan Heritage Coast, with its incredible tidal ranges, history, and unrivalled views across the Bristol Channel to England.

Visit the Vale of Glamorgan, where geological aeons have buckled and twisted a dynamic coastline. One that needs to be seen to be believed, and who knows what fossils lay underfoot as you walk its beaches. Then walk undulating, green countryside, that gives its grace and peace to this beautifully named county, still, thankfully, a very real and hidden gem, to be taken at an enjoyable and leisurely pace. 

Order your 10 Vale Trail guides here.

They offer a selection of 10 easy to follow routes. Why not download the Vale Tales app, adding audio-history accompaniments to your walking adventures. For those seeking a helping hand and some native knowledge, Valeways and Vale Ramblers offer guided walks from folk who will happily and enthusiastically divulge even more local secrets.

COMPETITION TIME! Win a 2-night stay at Llantwit Majors' historic Great House Guest House

If you fancy a weekend exploring this wonderful part of the world, we're delighted to offer you the chance of winning a 2 night stay at the beautiful Great House Guest House in Llantwit Major.

A beautiful Grade II* listed building thought to have been built by the Nicholl family prominent in the 15th Century, Great House is an important feature in Llantwit Major’s rich and impressive history.

Stay in luxurious historic surroundings and enjoy the very best local cuisine with a full Welsh breakfast, or opt for a traditional Welsh breakfast of bacon and laverbread if you prefer, served by Paula, owner and host extraordinaire.

Sitting at the heart of the Vale, you will be well located to explore this beautiful destination, and with 10 trails to choose from, as well as the Wales Coast Path on your doorstep, 2 nights might just not be enough to discover this hidden walking treasure.

If you'd like to win this wonderful prize, follow the link and answer one simple question..

'How many trails make up the Vale Trails suite of maps?'

The winner will be chosen at random. Competition T&C's can be found here.

The prize is based on bed and breakfast for 2 adults staying at the Great House Guest House for 2 nights.

(Viewing on a mobile? Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter. Good luck!)

Can't wait and fancy booking your break now? 

No problem, take a look at The Great House website,

Contact: email Stay@thegreathousellantwit.co.uk

Call: 01446 795629 / 07821 386113

Learn more about our 10 Vale Trails

Numbered 1 to 10, each trail explores the Vale across 5 coastal and 5 inland routes.

Routes 1-5 takes you from Ogmore by Sea in the West through to Penarth in the East. Routes 6-10 takes you through stunning countryside where you'll never be too far away from a wonderful country pub or cafe. Click on each walk to learn more, and get a glimpse of what each one offers through watching our Vale Trail videos.

Big questions is...which will you choose first?

OGMORE BY SEA WALK ’Vale Trail 1’

This route takes you along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, designated for its unique geology and wildlife. Above Dunraven Bay, you’ll have one of the best views along the entire Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Coast and Lighthouse Walk ‘Vale Trail 2’

A breath-taking walk featuring the Wales Coast Path as you explore the spectacular cliffs of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Inland, you’ll cross rural farmland and ancient woodlands, and discover historic buildings. Begin the adventure with a warm up session by TV presenter Heini, perfect to get you prepared for the challenge ahead.

Celtic Crosses and Coast Walk ‘Vale Trail 3’

The perfect walking route for history lovers. You’ll discover some of the fascinating stories linked to the town of Llantwit Major, which has been a settlement for over 3,000 years, and is Britain’s oldest seat of Christian learning. Enjoy the fine collection of Celtic carved stones in St.Illtud’s Church, and amazing views on the coastal stretch of this route.

Park and Seaside Walk ‘Vale Trail 4’

Take in the views from the most southerly point on the mainland of Wales and experience the Vale’s diverse coastline – from quiet coves to the traditional resort of Barry Island, home to the sitcom “Gavin& Stacey”. There’s an eclectic mix of landmarks including Roman remains near the Knap, and a Victorian railway viaduct in Porthkerry Country Park.

Coast and Pier Walk ‘Vale Trail 5’

Visit the site of the world’s first radio transmission over open sea by Marconi and enjoy fine views of Penarth Pier and Cardiff Bay as you head Eastward towards Cardiff, the Capital City of Wales.

SALMON LEAPS WALK ‘Vale Trail 6’

Parts of this walk were recently featured in The Times in an article detailing ’20 of the UK’s most beautiful woodlands for winter walks’. And it really is beautiful all year round. This delightful, refreshing walk which starts in the village of Dinas Powys includes a glacial valley, the Cwm George Iron Age hill fort, and, if you’re lucky, the occasional leaping salmon as you pass through fields and forests, and follow the Wrinstone Brook.

Haunted Field Walk ‘Tale Trail 7’

Starting in the lovely village of St Nicholas, this circular walk passes the splendid Dyffryn House & Gardens, and two Neolithic burial chambers that are older than Stonehenge. According to legend, the capstone of St.Lythan’s Burial Chamber twirls three times on midsummer eve while its stones go to the river to bathe!

Magical Forest Walk ‘Vale Trail 8’

The best of inland Vale of Glamorgan: rich and colourful landscape, large areas of native forest, pretty villages, and a series of impressive views of the coast, nearby towns and the city of Cardiff. Highlights include the mixed deciduous and conifer forest which gives the walk its name, home to the beautiful and pure Pysgodlyn Lake.

Iolo Morgannwg Heritage Walk ‘Vale Trail 9’

Discover the historic and vibrant market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths. Romantic poet, political radical and humanitarian, Iolo Morgannwg (1747-1826) was the first to propose that Wales should have its own national institutions lived in the local area, and many of the places of interest are linked to this most colourful of characters.

Ewenny Spring Flowers Walk ‘Vale Trail 10’

An idyllic trail with outstanding views across South Wales and towards the Somerset coast. It is rich in heritage sites, including St. Bridget’s Church in St Brides Major, and – at the furthest reaches of the walk– Ewenny Priory, the most complete Norman church in Wales, and the subject of one of JMW Turner’s finest paintings.

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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Fourteen miles of unspoilt, natural coastline and simply breath taking scenery. With an abundance of stunning beaches overlooked by dramatic clifftops the GHC provides the perfect backdrop to an area rich in geology and unforgettable wildlife, perfect for exploring. 🥾 Whether you’re looking for an easily accessible beach with family friendly facilities, somewhere for a short amble or challenging walk, activities to stimulate the children, or just wish to escape, you will find the perfect place to visit along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast 🌊 You can read more about the GHC by checking out - www.visitthevale.com/attractions/the-glamorgan-heritage-coast #visitthevale #walescoastpath #glamorganheritagecoast #glamorganheritagecoastpath #visitwales
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Less than a 2 weeks to go until the Barry Christmas Market takes place in King’s Square Barry as part the Barry Christmas Festival. It will take place between 2nd-11th December between 12pm-8pm every day! Come along and bring the whole family- there will be something for everyone! 🎅✨ See traders below ⬇️ @numnumsbarry @meggobakes @shecancloset @dimensionalart @charleywongillustrations @barryislandspiritscohq @wild_botanic @kelzojewellery @jadezbraidz_eventz @wedratherlather @harbour_jewellery and many more! (Full list of traders can be found on our website!) #BarryChristmasFest
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Dogs love it here in the Vale of Glamorgan, from sandy beaches to green parks and lots of dog-friendly cafes to explore🐾 You’ll also find plenty of places where you can take your dog on holiday: from campsites, hotels and even self-catering cottages that allow pets! 🐕 Don’t forget to follow us @pawsinthevale on Instagram to stay up to date with all things dog-friendly in the Vale! You can also check out the dog-friendly section of our website for more inspiration. If you have a favourite spot in the Vale that you love to visit with your dog, let us know in the comments below!🐾🐕 #visitthevale #pawsinthevale
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COMPETITION TIME ⭐️ Win a 2-night Vale Trails stay at Llantwit Majors' historic Great House Guest House. If you fancy a weekend exploring this wonderful part of the world, we're delighted to offer you the chance of winning a 2 night stay at the beautiful Great House Guest House in Llantwit Major. Sitting at the heart of the Vale, you will be well located to explore this beautiful destination, and with 10 trails to choose from, as well as the Wales Coast Path on your doorstep, 2 nights might not be enough to discover this hidden walking treasure. If you'd like to win this wonderful prize, follow the link below and answer one simple question.. 'How many trails make up the Vale Trails suite of maps?' www.visitthevale.com/pages/vale-trails With huge thanks to Paula at Great House Guest House for her support in offering this prize.
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Each month we will be showcasing a new property in the Vale of Glamorgan. 🏠 This month we’re shining the spotlight on Gileston Manor! ⭐️ Awarded five stars by Visit Wales, the Estate, which dates back to the 1320s, has been lovingly restored to its former glory over the past 12 years by owners Lorraine Garrad Jones and Josh Llewellyn. The Estate’s Queen Anne Grade II* listed Manor House, which has breath-taking sea views and a countryside setting, is surrounded by seven individually designed suites conceived and styled taking inspiration from around the world. Princess Diana’s dress designer David Emanuel has also exclusively designed one suite offering an elegant, tranquil and luxurious retreat for couples. Using the very best in furniture and furnishings gathered from around the world, guests could find themselves staying in the Japanese room, the Versailles suite, the Antoinette room, the Hamptons suite, the Highlands room or the Raffles room inspired by the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. ⭐️ Learn more about this beautiful stay at ➡️ www.visitthevale.com/accommodation/GilestonManorEstate Be sure to check back next month for the next venue in our spotlight series, as the Vale of Glamorgan has some wonderful places to stay! 🏩 #visitthevale #stayinthevale #inspiringstays #stayinwales @gilestonmanorestate @gileston.manor
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This Saturday & Sunday, join the @goodsheds for the first weekend of their Christmas Markets🎄🎅 The market stalls will be packed with local and independent businesses with mixture of products for you to shop and all undercover. ✨ The fabulous street food vendors will be running as normal for you to enjoy some good food. 🍔 On top of all of that the lovely independent shops, along the Urban High Street will be open for you to pick up beautiful and unique gifts for everyone, so you'll be covered this Christmas! 🎁💝 Follow @goodsheds for updates and more information! #visitthevale #goodshedsbarry
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